Key Issue: Government Reform
I am running for office to serve the people of the 178th. I believe it is completely inappropriate for legislators to use their office to enrich themselves. Thus, I wholeheartedly support Governor Wolf’s proposed ethics rules and have already introduced legislation to make them law. Within an hour of being sworn in, I introduced House Bill 2469, "no budget, no pay," which suspends lawmakers' pay if we don't pass a balanced budget by June 30.
In addition, I also support banning all gifts to public officials, ending gerrymandering of state legislative districts, reducing the size of the legislature, shedding light on “dark money” by requiring all political ads to identify the persons or corporations providing the funds for them, and preventing bills with substantial popular support from being bottled up in committees forever.
Gerrymandering, by either party, makes a travesty of our democracy as it allows elected officials to choose their voters rather than voters choosing their elected officials. I favor establishing an independent commission that draws district lines based on the criteria of equal population, compactness, and non-division of counties or municipalities wherever possible. “Dark money” ads are those which hide behind labels, like “Americans for Prosperity,” to publish propaganda and often falsehoods for or against candidates. I would require all such ads to identify the actual sources of money behind the ads, whether it be the Koch Brothers or George Soros.
Finally, I will not be taking per diems or a tax-payer funded car.